Participants at the 2018 PA Groundwater Symposium pre-conference tour listen to Dave Yoxtheimer discuss the Birmingham Thrust Fault near State College, PA (photo credit: Bryan Swistock, Penn State Extension).
The symposium was again held in recognition of National Drinking Water Week to highlight the importance of groundwater to both public and private drinking water supplies across Pennsylvania.
This year's symposium theme: Groundwater Science and Fiction provided a forum for a record crowd of over 260 researchers, students, professionals and educators working in the groundwater field to exchange information and promote protection of groundwater resources throughout the state. Secretary Russel Redding from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture provided opening remarks for the symposium followed by keynote speakers who addressed important groundwater issues related to groundwater science, interpretation, modeling, and watershed delineation. Fourteen concurrent presentations along with ten exhibitors also presented information on emerging groundwater studies and tools. This year, a half-day pre-conference field trip was offered to a limited number of registrants on May 7 to several sites of groundwater interest in Nittany Valley near State College.
The Symposium was co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Pennsylvania Ground Water Association, Penn State Extension, the Master Well Owner Network, and the Pennsylvania Water Resources Research Center.
Plans are already underway for the 2019 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium to be held in May 2019 in State College, PA.